United States, Casualties of the Vietnam War (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Access the records: United States, Casualties of the Vietnam War, 1956-1998 .
This index consists of two files:
- a.) Combat Area Casualties Current File, 6/8/1956 - 1/21/1998 (58,193 records)
- b.) Combat Area Casualties Returned Alive File, 5/1/1962 - 3/22/1979 (772 records)
The files were created by the Department of Defense, Washington Headquarters Service, Directorate for Information Operations and Reports, Statistical Information Analysis Division. They served as the official repository for records on US military casualties in the Southeast Asian combat areas (Cambodia, China, Laos, North Vietnam, South Vietnam, and Thailand) occurring during the Vietnam War. Included within casualties were the following:
- Vietnam War dead
- Missing in action
- Prisoners of war
The files were acquired from the National Archives "Access to Archival Databases" the records are from Record Group 330 Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. [AAD Series Description] See also ARC Identifier 306742.
To locate the "Access to Archival Databases" go the National Archives website at www.archives.gov, from the home page under "Resources” click “ A-Z Index" on the “Subject Index” page, under the letter alphabet, click on “AAD (Access to Archival Databases)” The military indexes should be found under “Wars/International Relations.”
The event date is either date of death or declared dead from the current file or date released or returned alive from the returned alive file.
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- Social Security or Service number
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- Department of Defense. Records on Military Personnel Who Died, Were Missing in Action or Prisoners of War as a Result of the Vietnam War, created, 1/20/1967 - 12/1998, documenting the period 6/8/1956 - 1/21/1998. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC